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    Author of Russian Reset Admits Policy Is Dead

    President Obama’s former Ambassador to Russia and self-described author of the Russian reset policy Michael McFaul today admitted the obvious: the reset is dead. In a radio interview with the Flint Report in Montana, McFaul stated, “The reset ended, the reset ended a long time ago.” McFaul is correct that … More

    Anything But Reality TV: Obama CBS Interview on Ukraine

    President Obama ended a quick trip through Europe with a “CBS Evening News” interview in Rome, where he shared his latest thinking on the ongoing crisis in Crimea. It was one of the poorest performances by a world statesman since Neville Chamberlain’s press comments after returning from Munich in 1938. … More

    Boehner Warned the Reset with Russia Would Fail

    During a speech at The Heritage Foundation in October 2011, House Speaker John Boehner (R–OH) warned that the Obama Administration’s much trumpeted “reset” policy with Russia was likely to fail. Russia’s recent invasion of Ukraine and annexation of Crimea vindicates the Speaker’s skepticism. Boehner explained how an utter lack of … More

    Ukraine in the Balance: Crimea’s Illegitimate Vote

    What does it feel like to have your country invaded and dismantled by a powerful neighbor? Neighboring states of Russia, like Georgia, unfortunately know only too well. Sunday’s referendum in Crimea was designed to seal Russia’s annexation of the Crimean Peninsula, a part of Ukraine since 1954. Three young Ukrainians … More

    Q&A on the Crisis in Ukraine

    The brutal dispersal of demonstrators in Ukraine last week led to dozens wounded—and a public protest movement which now surpasses the Orange Revolution of 2004. Demonstrators want Ukraine in Europe—and President Victor Yanukovich out of power. Ariel Cohen, Heritage’s Senior Research Fellow for Russian and Eurasian Studies, gives some perspective … More

    Russia Silences Political Opponents Through Judicial Abuse

    Outspoken anti-corruption crusader and whistleblower Alexei Navalny may face up to 10 years in prison in Russia for money laundering. Just weeks ago, a Russian court suspended a sentence he was serving for charges on embezzlement. This suggests that the siloviki (men of force) faction in the Kremlin is trying … More

    Russia Should Drop “You Are with Us or Against Us” Mantra

    Recently, several of Russia’s “younger siblings,” such as Ukraine and Moldova, finally got a chance to partially break from the Russian bear hug and opt for a closer integration with the West. They are members of the Eastern Partnership with the European Union, a close cooperation program with the EU, … More

    Syrian Geopolitical Chess: Putin’s One-Two Punch

    Vladimir Putin’s op-ed in The New York Times is an attempt to talk to the American people over the heads of its elected representatives. For a Russian foreign policy practitioner, it is also an act of information warfare. After all, Russia views the United States as a strategic competitor, if … More

    Why Ignoring Russian Arms Cheating Leaves the United States Vulnerable

    The Obama Administration appears to be ignoring Russian violations of arms control agreements in favor of securing future agreements, which will eventually leave the United States vulnerable to Russia’s growing intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capabilities. In a recent article, Mark Schneider of the National Institute for Public Policy points out … More

    Snowden Asylum Is Burying Obama’s Russian "Reset"

    The Kremlin delivered a diplomatic blow to U.S.–Russian relations when Moscow granted former NSA analyst Edward Snowden a temporary political asylum. Now, the White House may cancel a U.S.–Russia summit that was scheduled for early September, and Obama’s Russian reset policy will require significant re-examination. This will be the first … More